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July 21, 2018

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January 1, 2018
I'm deeply saddened to hear of Armas' passing. I met him and his wife Bev through the Four Freshmen Society. We shared many good times together. Memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. My sincere condolences to the Wantin family.
November 26, 2017
We are saddened to hear about Armass passing. He and his wife Bev were our neighbors and good friends. We miss them both. Our heart felt condolences to the family.
November 7, 2017
I met Armas at the Michigan Depression Glass Society about 3 years ago. I was looking for someone that could take a chip out of the rim of a Waterford glass I was selling. I heard that Armas was the man for the job. I introduced myself to him and he said that he could do it No charge . Wow, that was great and from that point on became a friendship. He lived close to me. I must also mention that I have a small business buying and selling fine crystal along with some depression glass. So when I went over with my wounded piece of crystal he took me downstairs to his operating room. The stairs were steep and when we got down there, crystal & glass items were everywhere. He put on his double magnifier head set and proceed to operate. You would never know there was a problem when the operation was over. As I got to know him better I found out he was going to dialysis three times a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. He sometimes would mention that it kicked his you know what. So I kept my visits to Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes the weekend. He was my mentor on Depression glass which is very complex. He had many reference books on the main floor with a lot and I mean A LOT of Depression glass and other items which he collected. Also his Christmas tree was always up. So I would call him when I got items and wanted him to see them and he would show me treasures that he found. I remember one item that was in the shape of a fish and it was an aquarium! Sometimes I when I came over I would tell him to close his eyes, place my items on his coffee table, drape a cloth over them and then tell him to open his eyes, and slowly remove the cloth of the treasures I came to show him. I can hear now say WOW! I would hand him the pieces to admire. He would sometimes hold them like you would a baby. Some were large pieces of Lalique, Steuben, and Daum that were of various colors. After the showings we would discuss Depression glass, fine crystal, and what was going on with each other's life. He knew I was a big eBay seller and how to do research on what to purchase or sell items for. That is when I met Bev. She was his wall paper on his computer. He would tell me stories on how they would travel around the country going to glass shows, buying and selling depression glass, making lots of money, having a great time, and how much he missed her. Armas was a very smart person, with piercing blue eyes, a great sense of humor, and a laugh to go with it. I got an inquiry about a person that had a collection of Flow Blue. Armas loved Flow Blue so I did a facetime with the owner that was out in Colorado a couple of times. The deal never came to pass but the comradery of working together was great! Sometimes when I was there a neighbor would bring over a plate of food for him. I do not think Armas was a cook. I am a cook so I invited him over to dinner where I made a Turkey breast with all of the fixings. He greatly enjoyed it and told stories of his life. One was when he was working at a grocery store. His job was above the floor of the grocery store looking down through two way mirror to notify personal of shop lifters. He told us of one person stuffing meat down their pants, and another that somehow was going to walk out with a six pack of pop under her dress. We all laughed and had a great time. He loved to go over to his son's house and fish. He spoke of these times with great pleasure. I'm going over to my son's house to go fishing this weekend! he told me many times. Something he looked forward to. He loved his children. I kept telling myself that I should call him. I wanted to show him two Steuben pieces I had received, The Ice Hunter and The Ice Bear to very rare pieces. I was too late. I learned of his passing at the last MDGS meeting, Monday November 6th it was at the end of the meeting and it was stated to give a moment of silence. He was so much more than a moment of silence. I write this through my tears and the pain of his loss. I will see him sometime in glass and crystal heaven where I will meet Bev, others that collect and appreciate glass and crystal, then we will go fishing.
November 2, 2017
May you R.I.P. My condolences to Jenny, Greg, and Robert. Your father was a great man, He will be missed.